Sometimes, author Shannon Haddock talks about why too much peril can make a story BORING.

“Just because you don’t want your hero to have a peaceful walk through the woods every time doesn’t mean every single time he enters them he should end up up a tree, that’s on fire, with wolves surrounding the base of it.

“For the less metaphorically minded, I’m saying give your characters a break every now and then.  Raising the threat is not, contrary to what a lot of writing advice says right now, always the best thing to do.  Doing so every single time your character is in danger is just as unrealistic as never putting him in danger.”

Read the rest of her post here.

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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One Response to Sometimes, author Shannon Haddock talks about why too much peril can make a story BORING.

  1. Sharon Hart says:

    Great article! Thanks for sharing.

    On Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 8:00 PM, North of Andover wrote:

    > Thomas Weaver posted: “”Just because you don’t want your hero to have a > peaceful walk through the woods every time doesn’t mean every single time > he enters them he should end up up a tree, that’s on fire, with wolves > surrounding the base of it. For the less metaphorically mind” >

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